Everybody needed in fight against GBV: Geingos

18 July 2019 | Others

The fight against gender-based violence (GBV) will not end until all stakeholders are involved and make the issue a community or country problem by assisting all the victims, First Lady Monica Geingos says.

She made the remarks at the 50th anniversary celebration of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the 25th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development in May this year.

Geingos said when people are talking about GBV and sexual reproductive health, they should include everyone if they are to address the issue from the bottom, and make everyone aware that violence against women and children is a big crime because some people seem oblivious to it.

“When we bring up this issue of GBV and sexual reproduction, we should involve everyone in the conversation because if you only talk to the girl that fell pregnant, then you are leaving out the boy that impregnated the girl and you are not solving the problem because this boy will go on and impregnate another girl and it is a cycle,” said Geingos.

Criminalised

UNFPA country representative, Dennia Gayle, at the same occasion said most countries, especially in Southern Africa, have criminalised GBV. However, legal systems still struggle to convict perpetrators because many are intimate partners of the victims, and as such, some victims rely on human rights organisations to help them open cases against the perpetrators.

“From our side, we will fight against inequality, social injustices and discrimination. I know they will challenge us. We will remain committed and fired up, we will mobilise every dollar, forge new alliances and partnerships, identify and search for new innovative solutions, reach the very last mile and secure a new set of ambitious commitments essential to accelerate rights and choices for all,” Gayle said. - Nampa

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